Sports and American History

Podcast-style audio course - 30 Topics
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Sports and American History

Podcast-style audio course - 30 Topics
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Join celebrated UNC history professor Matthew Andrews to discover how sports have reflected various facets of American identity—both laudatory and troubling—throughout our nation’s history.

Whether you love sports or find the American sports obsession confounding, this course will help you answer the fascinating question of why sports have mattered so much to this country. Although today’s sporting events bear little resemblance to the bloodsports of the early colonies, the passion with which Americans play and watch sports remains alive and well.

Delve into the history of American sports to better understand the larger themes and controversies in this nation’s past in these 30 captivating lectures. As you explore stories of races won, touchdowns scored, and players rounding the bases, you’ll also learn about sports’ class and ethnic origins; racial prejudice, exclusion, and integration in sport and society; athleticism and the evolving ideas about masculinity and womanhood; the role of sport in the promotion of a vigorous national identity; and the use of sporting arenas as spaces to both legitimize and protest the political order.

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Join celebrated UNC history professor Matthew Andrews to discover how sports have reflected various facets of American identity—both laudatory and troubling—throughout our nation’s history.

Whether you love sports or find the American sports obsession confounding, this course will help you answer the fascinating question of why sports have mattered so much to this country. Although today’s sporting events bear little resemblance to the bloodsports of the early colonies, the passion with which Americans play and watch sports remains alive and well.

Delve into the history of American sports to better understand the larger themes and controversies in this nation’s past in these 30 captivating lectures. As you explore stories of races won, touchdowns scored, and players rounding the bases, you’ll also learn about sports’ class and ethnic origins; racial prejudice, exclusion, and integration in sport and society; athleticism and the evolving ideas about masculinity and womanhood; the role of sport in the promotion of a vigorous national identity; and the use of sporting arenas as spaces to both legitimize and protest the political order.

By the end of the course, you will know more about the role of sports in American history, have a keen grasp on the general narrative and major figures in US sport history, and view contemporary sports in a new way. As you will see, sports are not mere games—they are significant cultural events in which Americans express and contest ideas about race, class, gender, and other important markers of identity.

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Matthew Andrews, Ph.D., one of American’s best history professors, teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in the intersection of sport and politics, with a particular interest in the use of sporting arenas as spaces to both bolster and protest the political order. Professor Andrews is currently working on a history of interracial boxing in the early-twentieth century, as well as a history of sports and politics in the Reagan Era. The recipient of numerous teaching awards at UNC, in 2016, 2018, and 2019, he was named UNC’s “Best Professor” by the student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel.

Praise for Matthew Andrews, Ph.D.

“Matt Andrews is a first-rate teacher and public scholar. His lectures are engaging, entertaining, and accessible, blending rigorous historical contextualization with a contagious enthusiasm for sports. He obviously loves sports, but he also challenges his students to ask important questions about the role they have played, and continue to play, in our society and culture. Regardless of your athleticism or intellectual interests, you’ll never think of American sports the same way after hearing Professor Andrews teach.”
–Max Owre, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Matt Andrews is the most exciting teacher I have ever experienced. He can fill an hour and a half class with wisdom and enthusiasm and insight without relying on notes. Dr. Andrews explains how sporting events, trends, and personalities reflect the larger social, economic, and cultural milieu in which they are embedded. Dr. Andrews has deeply enriched our understanding of the central role sports have played in illustrating American history and culture. I highly recommend you take his course.”
–Jonathan Gerard, Rabbi emeritus, Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton PA

“Matt Andrews is an award-winning historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He creatively uses sports to teach history with a focus that includes such critical issues as race, gender and politics. In our sports obsessed society, this is a very effective way for anyone to learn critical analysis and interpretation of historical events. His lectures are well-organized and very entertaining as he seamlessly blends a wealth of sports imagery with his own insights into the subject at hand. The way you view your favorite sport will never be the same.”
–Jack Bowers & Karin Nelson, Audited Matt Andrews Courses in Person

  1. The Religion of Sport
  2. Colonial Games
  3. Sports Go Modern
  4. The National Pastime
  5. The Manly Art
  6. College Football and the Strenuous Life
  7. Sport and Jim Crow
  8. Jack Johnson vs. Great White Hopes
  9. Sport and 100% Amercanism
  10. Patriot Games
  11. The Greatest Athlete in the World
  12. Age of Sport Heroes
  13. Sport and the New Woman
  14. Save me Joe Lewis
  15. Baseball’s Great Experiment
  16. Cold War Competitions
  17. The Greatest
  18. 1968: the Year of Black Fists
  19. Sports Go Broadway
  20. Battle of the Sexes
  21. Enter Title Nine
  22. The Greatest Sports Movie Ever Made
  23. Let’s Get Physical
  24. The Wide World of Sports
  25. Return of the Great White Hope
  26. Air Jordan
  27. Mamma Mia: Sport and Sexuality
  28. Cheater’s Paradise
  29. Sports Patriotism, and September 11th
  30. Taking a Knee

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